Located in Minnesota, the hiking in Ely offers over ten good trail hike destinations. The best Ely hiking based on popularity are considered to be Arrowhead State Trail, Secret / Blackstone Trail System, Baker Lake / Johnson Lake Loop, Big Aspen Trail, and Hendrys Creek / Mount Moriah Trail. For a detailed trail description and printable trailhead map, just select a Ely hiking trail below.
Southeast of Ely and southwest of Baker in the rugged snake range, the Baker Lake / Johnson Lake Loop is a 13 mile hiking trek through gnarled bristle cone pinestands past high peaks and caverns. There is a nice side scramble up to Baker Peak.
Northeast of Virginia and Biwabik in the Superior National Forest, the 5.2 mile Laurentian Trail is a rolling backcountry route located near the Silver Trail in the Giants Ridge Recreation Area. The hiking trail flows through rich aspen and pine forests.
Northeast of Ely and north of Grand Marias in the Superior National Forest, the Border Route Trail is a 75 mile route through dense forest filled with moose and wolves. The hiking route is broken into three sections. The east trailhead is located at Partridge Falls Road outside of Grand Portage. The west trailhead is off Gunflint Trail Road (CR12).